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HTC Vive - gave in and ordered

Disclaimer: The following is written by an opinionated oaf and should not be taken particularly seriously. If you get offended, it's your own fault for reading it and taking shit seriously. No facts were considered, opinions withheld, spelling checked, and certainly no proof reading occured. Read at your own risk.

I had been really, really good. So good in fact that when the Vive went on pre-order a few weeks back, I ensured I was nowhere near a computer. I sat down an hour after pre-orders were open and ignored it. I'd missed the boat, I'd have to wait too long, the dream was dead.

I've felt like crap since.

I am so proud that I've been gaming at home since the very start. My dad got a Grandstand console around 1978. I was 5. We played Pong on it. A lot of Pong. And variations of pong called Soccer or Tennis. But still, they were really just Pong. Gaming has always been a large part of my life.

Here we are, 38 years later, on the cusp of the biggest change in video gaming since the invention of video gaming itself. VR could be massive. It should define.... well ultimately I believe it will come to define and shape everything. Within 25 years the human race may well be fucked up beyond repair because of VR and the damage it will cause. For now though, right now, VR will offer game worlds the like of which we can't imagine, immersion that was once sci-fi will be reality. We're at least a few generations of headsets away from photo reality of course, but that's not the point. The graphics don't have to be astounding or realistic to create new worlds. Just immersive and responsive.

And I want to be there. From the start.

There's not been a day gone by since avoiding the pre-order launch that I've not lamented buying in. But still I stayed away. I'm saving up for some flat improvements, all my money is going to that. I can't afford to be frivolous. I've stayed strong.

Then we found out about some huge delay in planning permission and other factors beyond my control, which look to be delaying the home plans for a good year. A YEAR! Then an unexpected filming job was booked.

So fuck it. Last night I jumped in and ordered the Vive. Fuck yeah. And seemingly because of the manufacturing experience HTC bring to the table, I'm in the May shipping schedule. MAY! That's only a month. Within 2 months I should have touched the VR dream.

I'm so excited. Yes I've ended up spending twice as much as a I originally planned for, back before the Rift was announced and everyone thought it would be around £300 or so. With the Rift priced so high, the relatively small jump to the Vive made it the clear "winner" to me. Room Scale, that's the thing I want. It sounds like it adds so much to VR.

The choice wasn't clear cut. Right now the Rift looks to have more games, certainly more established games. And you can play Assetto Corsa on the Rift, no-one knows if or when they'll add the Vive to it. But the Rift doesn't add Room Scale, at least not yet. And also, I don't like the way it seems to me that the Rift is trying to lock the market down - their own storefront, their own API. I prefer the ethos of Valve with the OpenVR API. Games shouldn't be limited to one headset. It's bollocks and could kill VR before it can take off - why segment a small niche market?

Moral highground established, more interesting features, Steam integration, and the Vive was the one for me.

So it's ordered and.... well I've not been so excited in a long time. Can't wait. The first pre-orders should start getting there's over the next few days. It's going to be a monumental time to be involved in gaming.

The irony being the game I'm most looking forward to is really, at it's heart, just another variation of Pong.